Project’s new building set for opening

Coquet Enterprise Park, Amble.
Coquet Enterprise Park, Amble.

A new building for a community project aimed at empowering women will be unveiled at its grand opening later this month.

The Women’s Workshop, at Amble’s Coquet Enterprise Park, has been built entirely by women, using environmentally-sound methods and materials.

It comes as part of project tackling inequalities between men and women, being run by Fourth Action, a local community organisation.

The workshop sets out to encourage women to try new skills and challenge gender stereotypes that can narrow their horizons.

The project offers females across north Northumberland a programme of personal development and the chance to try heritage, manual and other practical skills, as well as help with access to careers where women are under-represented, including construction, science and technology.

Fourth Action also offers support to women setting up their own businesses through www.her-itage.org.uk

Julia Lyford, chairman of Fourth Action, said: “Launching the Women’s Workshop build in Amble has been a fantastic way to kick-start our Rural Women’s Workshop project. It gives us a unique and creative way to see women develop their confidence in practical and manual skills from the project’s outset.”

The facility will be unveiled over the weekend of August 22 and 23. Both days will be packed with activities and workshops, from 11am to 3pm.

The first day will focus on environmental skills, while the second will be a family fun day. There will also be stalls and have-a-go activities, among other things.

For more information about the weekend, visit www.fourthaction.org.uk/pages/news.php/